Vernon Magnums off to Interior final

Vernon Magnums topple Kelowna Dragons 26-12 in Southern Interior Pee Wee Football Conference playoff action Sunday at Grahame Park.

The Vernon Magnums used a heavy dose of Isaiah Ondrik and Matthew Reich to topple the visiting Kelowna Dragons 26-12 in Southern Interior Pee Wee Football Conference playoff action Sunday at Grahame Park.

Ondrik rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries. He added nine tackles on the defence. Reich contributed 80 yards on 15 carries to go along with 10 tackles.

“We relied on Ondrik and Reich a lot on both sides of the ball,” said Vernon head coach Sean Smith. “Isaiah was hard for them to bring down all day and Reich added a speed element to the outside.”

The Magnums added to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter when slot back Liam Glennon carried a reverse five yards to the end zone.

Kelowna replied with a touchdown pass to start the second half, but a 40-yard romp by Ondrik sealed the win for the Magnums late in the third.

“We struggled a bit more than usual on both O and D today,” said Smith. “Kelowna played a great game and pushed us late into the third quarter. If we want to win next Sunday, we need to clean up a lot of mistakes.”

The 9-0 Magnums will face the Mission Lions for the Southern Interior title at noon Sunday at the Capital News Centre Field in Kelowna.